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Title: Entrepeneurialism, education and training : a case study of South Bank Technopark.
Author: Wright, Michael Wallace.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2666 2977
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 1993
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This thesis describes the genesis, evolution, and function of a unique institution: London's South Bank Technopark, in the period 1979-92. A case study of this incubator, innovation centre, and Science Park has revealed several unexpected aspects of its activities. The most notable of these has been the degree of educational and training activity in the Technopark -- both formal and informal - which set it apart from other UK Science Parks, and provide a link between the Technopark and its inner city environment. The multimethod case study involved a largely ethnographic survey of the Technopark's management and tenants and related personnel, supplemented by reference to the Technopark's archives and management file. The study was concluded with a comparative phase of fieldwork involving in-depth interviews with senior figures in seven other UK and US science parks, and in the international science park movement. In all, 67 interviewees in six categories were interviewed in a total of 168 interviews. Entrepreneurialism in the Technopark was investigated via interviews with tenant firms and an intensive study of the management team, enabling key factors in the enterprise process to be identified. The Technopark compared favourably with similar institutions visited as an incubator of new firms, and a creator of jobs and job opportunities via on-site education and training. Models of science park activity have been constructed, from which it is seen that the Technopark is part of an evolutionary continuum leading to science cities and the Multi Function Polis. It is concluded that not only is the Technopark a commercial success; it is also a model inner city incubator, innovation centre, and science park which has brought the benefits of new knowledge based businesses and job creation, as well as innovative training and educational programmes, to a deprived urban area.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Management & business studies